A KSTP TV story states that nurses represented by the Minnesota Nurses Association marched in downtown Minneapolis on Wednesday, more than a month after their last picket. 15,000 MNA members went on a historic three day strike in September. Since then, they have been working with hospitals across the state to negotiate. Nursing staff say that working conditions and short staffing are the main sticking points.
KARE-TV Kiya Eds says that the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA), claims bank executives who sit on hospital boards are failing to act and hold CEOs responsible for staff shortages and other problems. MNA reports that U.S. Bank executives Timothy Welsh and Jodi Richard are members of the boards for Allina Health and M Health Fairview and Children’s Minnesota. President Mary Turner of MNA stated that they are responsible for the conditions at hospitals. They are responsible for the failures of our CEOs’ The nurses entered the building after making remarks outside U.S. Bancorp Center on Wednesday. The nurses marched to Wells Fargo, and then entered the building.
Tom Hauser, KSTP-TV also says that most political TV ads contain elements of truth, lie, and half-truth, but some ads go so far as to be misleading and include falsehoods and half-truths. An ad by Heal Minnesota, a political action committee, is one example of such an ad. Heal Minnesota is supported by Scott Jensen’s campaign through a TV ad campaign. However, the Jensen campaign claims it had nothing to do the production of the ad. The ad clearly states that Minnesota has seen a lot of’murders’, robberies and assaults in recent years. It then blames Minnesota Gov. for all of this. Tim Walz. “But what is Gov. Tim Walz’s reply? Tim Walz’s response? No record exists of Walz ever supporting defunding police. To support this claim, the ad cites a Star Tribune newspaper article dated June 2020. But even that article does not mention defunding police.
The Strib’s John Reinan states that the long-serving Norman County sheriff is under fire from a victim advocate. He claims that officers failed to make arrests required by state law when they have reason to suspect protection orders were violated. While the sheriff defends his deputies, he said that he was the target of a critic who stirred up the community and supported his opponent in the forthcoming election. Jeremy Thornton, a candidate for a fourth term in the role of sheriff in this northwestern Minnesota county with approximately 6,400 people, said, “It’s just nuts here.”
Elizabeth Shockman, MPR News, says that election signs appeared like mushrooms around intersections in Prior Lake and Savage neighborhoods. They also appear at the edges and grasslands of the suburb district southwest of Minneapolis. These signs bear the names eight candidates for school board seats. They also indicate the intense nature of an unusually contentious campaign that has been brought into play by outside entities. One candidate said that it’s “a divided time.” One candidate said that the’middle ground has vanished’.
BringMeTheNews Tommy Wiita said that Minneapolis officials had announced Monday that the data-driven initiative ‘Operation Endeavor to tackle violent crime in the city was ‘working’, but didn’t provide any definitive data. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey stated that data has shown ‘drops all over the board’ in violent crime. He specifically noted a decrease in gun-related violence and carjackings*, as well as a drop in victims of gunshot wounds. However, the MPD information to support Operation Endeavor’s success is hard to understand. Data supporting the operation’s performance is provided on gun crime and service calls between Sept. 27, and Oct. 24, but it can then be compared with a mix of years between 2018-2021, the three year average from 2018-2020, or 2021 by itself.
NPR Jonathan Franklin reports that three months after a Powerball ticket from Pennsylvania was sold, the game’s prize pool has risen to an estimated $1.2 billion. According to Powerball’s website, this is the second-largest Powerball prize and fourth-largest U.S. lottery jackpot. In 2016, the U.S. record stood at $1.586 trillion. The drive to win big on winning tickets has a negative side, critics claim, noting that the state-run lottery system often impacts low-income and minority communities. Les Bernal, National Director for Stop Predatory Gambling (a non-profit advocacy organization), said that state lotteries were the most ignored example of systemic racism in America.
Eder Campuzano wrote for the Strib. “A Minneapolis school board candidate is being called to withdraw from the race just days before the election amid allegations that she endangered her stepchildren while on a recent visit to Maryland colleges. KerryJo Felder is running for one of the two at-large seats on the school board. Felder is married to the father to two students in the district. She was also referred to as the ‘bonus mother’ to them.